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Re: An idea...

From: Stefan KŁng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-02-13 19:27:09 CET

Michael Tiller wrote:
> I've got an idea. Please feel free to tell my why it is a bad idea (I
> looked in the issue tracker and I didn't see anything that looked like
> this).
>
> The svn:externals functionality is extremely useful (at least for me).
> But it is such a pain to use. It seems to me that a very intuitive way
> to add the functionality would be to allow a "SVN Checkout..." inside a
> working copy. That is effectively what an svn:externals is right? The
> point being that if you do an SVN Checkout within a working copy that
> implicitly means an svn:externals. The dialog would be exactly the same
> right? But instead of doing a real "checkout" you'd be adding the
> svn:externals property. If it already existed, you'd be appending to
> it. If you removed the directory you'd be removing it, etc.
>
> Doesn't this seem like an intuitive way to support svn:externals and
> simultaneously reuse much of the infrastructure (e.g. dialogs) already
> in TortoiseSVN?
>
> OK...now tell me why it's a bad idea. I'm assuming it is because
> otherwise it would already be implemented like all the other extremely
> cool (and very user friendly) features in TSVN.

Because you can check out another working copy without using externals.
That's then called a "nested layout", and even though it's not a good
idea to do that, people make use of that.

Stefan

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